Fired Apprentice Laura Fails On Sales
Strong saleswoman fails to hit the target in the urban art world...
Bridal boutique owner The Apprentice after failing to tempt buyers in an art-based task.
Both teams were challenged to choose two urban artists whose works they would sell to both corporate and private customers.
Gabrielle, with her creative intuition, took control of Team Sterling and, despite failing to ask corporate client Beefeater Gin what their budget was (and missing out on a possible £10,000), scraped a win by taking just £130 more in commission.
Leading Team Phoenix, Tom insisted his knowledge of the urban art scene would be invaluable - it almost proved his downfall.
Clearly keen to impress during his meeting with the entertainingly named Pure Evil, Tom ended up listing other artists that were worthy of his admiration. Pure Evil wasn't impressed and subsequently chose Team Sterling, leaving Tom to take a risk and plump for the 12-foot-high works of James Jessop.
As project manager for the losing team, Tom took Jade and Laura back into the boardroom, leaving fruit and veg seller Adam to fight another day.
While Sir Alan Sugar was quick to point out that losing Pure Evil was one of two "massive big flaws" on Tom's part, the 23-year-old was praised for "rolling the dice" and taking a risk with Jessop's £10,000 price tags.
When it came to the crunch though, Laura came under fire for poor sales.
While market trader Adam, despite being out of his comfort zone, garnered more than £2,000-worth of sales, Laura's less-than-impressive effort brought in just £750.
Sir Alan admitted that she was "a good talker" but remained unconvinced and showed Laura the door.
The tearful candidate said after her exit: "Feeling pretty gutted at the moment especially as I am so confident in my own sales ability and I can't believe that's what sent me home."
Eight candidates are now left battling for Sir Alan's £250,000 investment.